I’m so excited to review the Angelica PM wig.
As one of the first in the UK to be reviewing this I had to make sure I got this post out asap.
I’m still reluctant to do a video wig review – maybe one day I will but every time I try and film it I look at the recording and I hate it. So you will have to bear with me for now and make do with photos and a write up.
First of all, an introduction to the Angelica. Angelica has been one of Noriko’s best selling wigs for many years but I’ve never tried her before as I’ve never had a long synthetic wig. I’ve been wearing Human Hair wigs for the past four years and I was happy with them until the last one. I was desperate for a new wig – my poor locks looked so dry and brittle. A new one would cost me around £500 and I was very nervous that the quality wouldn’t be as good as my first ones. The most recently purchased, Diamond, has been a nightmare all year. It frizzes uncontrollably. I could smooth it down, sit through a meeting and within 20 minutes I looked like the love child of Diana Ross and Sideshow Bob. It was not a good look.
I played around with different styles, poring over the fantastic site www.simplywigs.co.uk and I came across the Aria in Plumberry Jam. Up to that point this was the only wig available in that colour. It was short, much shorted than I was used to. At first I was a bit put off as it wasn’t monofilament, I thought back to the horrendous styles I was offered on the NHS. Surely the money would be better going towards a new human hair piece? However I figured with my VAT reduction and a 15% discount (thanks to uploading a picture of me in a wig to the site) it would only work out around the cost of a cut and colour if I had bio hair. I took the plunge and went for it.
Oh my! I was not disappointed. A full review of that one can be found here (coming soon) but after three weeks of really nice compliments, I was desperate for something else in this colour. Luckily for me my prayers were answered in Simply Wig’s weekly newsletter which announced the release of the Angelica with a Part Monofilament Top, available in Plumberry Jam. I had to have it!
Well, try it at least…
As I said before, I’ve never had a synthetic wig in a long style. But at this price (just over £200 with VAT exemption) I figured if it did only last 3-6 months then it didn’t matter as I could afford to replace it. Hell, I know women who spend over half of it on one cut and colour. So I bit the bullet and ordered it – now technically this is my Christmas present from my folks so worst case I could return it and put the money towards something else so I had nothing to lose really.
The Simply Wigs team are really helpful and ensured I would get it within 2 days. It arrived on time and of course, despite being at work I had to try it on straight away. You may have picked up on the fact that I do not hide my hair loss from anyone, not my coworkers nor my boss. Short wig off, new wig on. I don’t care who knows. The more people know how cool wearing a wig can be, the more women I can help. Reactions from colleagues were a thumbs up but I needed to see it on at home, play around with it and more importantly, see it in a full length mirror!
Once home I could play with it and see it. It is a beautiful piece but yes, it is long! My first thought was ‘holy crap that’s a lot of hair!” As you can see in my expression below.
Around 16″ long. It is a lot of hair yet it doesn’t look ridiculous. I was convinced that I would have to have lots thinned out of it. It doesn’t look too bad. Sure, it will probably look fantastic with some customisation but it’s too close to Christmas and I can’t get in with my amazing hairdresser AND no I don’t trust anyone else!
The cap itself has a monofilament parting on the left side. I would prefer a full mono top as I would part on the right however it is lovely to have a mono top again. Mono is better than permatease in my opinion, but on the short ones permatease works ok. The Angelica is quite small fitting as standard with Noriko but its not uncomfortable. I have no bio hair as I shave it off, I find it more comfortable that way but if you do have hair under there too you may need to check the measurements. It is adjustable in the back anyhow.
Unlike the Aria, the Angelica does not feature a lace front which surprised me to be honest. A lace front would help however there is a mono strip at the front which helps disguise the seam and it does not look wiggy at all. In fact looking back to recent photos of me in my HH wig I think this look much more natural.
The layers are cut beautifully. On some stock photos they don’t show nearly as well as they do in person. The layers start in a long fringe that frames the face and graduates down – it really is pretty and softens the look.
It’s just soooo pretty…
The colour is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L., there’s no other way to describe it other than to implore you to try it out for yourself. Plumberry Jam LR is a 33 red base with plum/fuschia highlights through it. LR means long rooted so it is darker at the roots which makes it look more natural. The shine is not false either, it looks like you’ve just stepped out from the salon. I’ve had compliments on the colour of the Aria every day, everyone wants to know what colour it is, where I had it done etc etc. The results on the Angelica is even more wow. I worried initially that it would look too purple and be more like the halloween wig I wore recently but whilst it is bold, it is nothing shy of the red I wore before.
I am nervous about how long it will last due to friction frizz etc however I will do a review in around a month and see how it is wearing. I’d recommend if you are thinking of wearing a wig that you invest in two pieces and rotate. A good quality synthetic wig like the Angelica should give you 3-6 months of wear if you take care of it. More info on how to care for synthetic wigs can be found in my guide here (coming soon).
If you are in the UK and wear wigs due to a medical condition don’t forget you don’t have to pay VAT so that can help make two pieces more affordable. I figured if I had bio hair I would be spending at least £30-40 a month on it, so just put it to one side and every 6 months that is enough to buy a new piece. Older pieces can be trimmed down to prolong the life (cutting out the friction frizz) or worn as an older piece on holidays, by the pool, clipped up etc.
I’ll hopefully be reviewing more pieces throughout 2017 as my newly restored love of synthetic wigs continues.
If you wear a wig, what piece do you wear and what are your top tips? Comment below.